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Keeping the body ticking

On October 4, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Tick tock. Tick tock. A team of scientists from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor have discovered a molecular switch that regulates the body’s circadian clock and allows it to keep time. This switch could be a potential drug target to treat…

Molecular switch keeps the circadian clock running on time

On October 3, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Circadian rhythms help everything from plants to humans coordinate with the daily light-dark cycle, but how this natural clock keeps accurate time, or why it goes awry in people with sleep disorders, is still under investigation. New findings, published October 1 in Molecular Cell, suggest that a molecular switch balances…

UCD researcher's findings may lead to therapeutic targets for heart diseases associated with obstructive sleep apnoea

Dr Silke Ryan, a University College Dublin (UCD) medical researcher, has delivered the flagship Cournand lecture at European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) 2015 international congress. The congress, the largest annual respiratory meeting in the world, took place earlier this week in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was attended by over 20,000…

Later bedtimes linked to greater weight gain

On October 2, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

For many people, adolescence and early adulthood is a period filled with late nights and partying. But a new study suggests these late nights may have negative implications for weight management. Researchers say later bedtimes in adolescence and young adulthood may lead to greater weight gain. Published in…

Deep sleep boosts immunological memory

On September 30, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

It is widely accepted that sleep helps to form long-term memory. Now, scientists from the University of Tuebingen in Germany have proposed that deep sleep may strengthen not only psychological but also immunological memories. Sleep may help in both psychological and immunological memory formation. In an article published…

Sleep clinics offer hope to parents of children with intellectual disabilities

On September 30, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep clinics aimed at parents of children with challenging behaviour can improve the chances of a peaceful night, a team of specialists has concluded. Clinics for up to eight parents at a time offer mutual support and can reduce waiting times, reports the journal Learning Disability Practice. …

5 sleep tips for school-aged children

On September 29, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Everyone needs to sleep. A good night’s sleep boosts health, safety, performance and wellbeing, and it’s especially important for school-age children. “Children and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development,” said Dr. Clay Stallworth, a pediatrician for GRHealth at…

Study shows that teens lose sleep after change to daylight saving time

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Study is first to measure negative effects of daylight saving time using objective measurements of sleep duration and vigilance in high school students A new study shows that high school students lose sleep on school nights following the change to daylight saving time that occurs in March. The loss…

Research published on the link between insomnia and the control of emotion

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

People who are losing the ability to regulate their emotions may be more likely to suffer from insomnia. And if they do, that insomnia is more likely to become persistent. Those are the conclusions of research published in a British Psychological Society journal by a team led…

Simple test predicts obstructive sleep apnea in patients hospitalized for heart failure

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University showed that a simple questionnaire, evaluation and pulse-oximetry monitoring can lead to early detection of sleep apnea in patients hospitalized for congestive heart failure (CHF). The results are published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure. Jefferson researchers found that…